The Atleti today will play two parties. The one of the Metropolitan against Milan and the one that Porto disputes against an already classified Liverpool. The calculator is running. The accounts, the possible ones, the nerves. Two wins or four points, as long as three are in Do Dragao on the last day, It is what the Cholo team need to be in the eighth without depending on others. Others: the Portuguese, their main rival in the group for that second place that remains.
Because Atlético lives this group stage on the edge. Conditioned by a draw that framed him with three roosters, Porto, Milan and Liverpool, and a draw against the former on matchday 1. Four points in the four disputed it’s a poor booty that fills with anxiety what is coming. Finals now. Today’s against Milan (follow the game live on AS.com) so that Porto is not a life or death. “Win, win and win again,” he whispers the statue of Luis at the foot of the Metropolitan.
Milan last, with only one point, travel with it braided also on the legs. Continuing in Europe depends on a victory. Simeone may count on Griezmann after UEFA downgraded the two penalty matches for the red at Atleti-Liverpool to one. A Griezmann who is once again fundamental. That Griezmann through whom everything passed. The game and the goal. Simeone meditates that he is a threat at the top with Suárez, which initially rested before Osasuna while polishing his revolver thinking about tonight.
A match, against Osasuna, in which a recognizable Atleti del Cholo emerged. Athletes of the unocerism, Atleti with goal from set pieces, without conceding back. The coach’s idea is to jump tonight with a 5-3-2, with three centrals and Llorente taking the place of an injured Trippier. João Félix did not train yesterday either. Does not reach. But Cholo adds to his midfield, De Paul and Koke, an essential Lemar already.
The loss of Tomori, important
In the bands can be the key to the match. With Llorente and Carrasco aside. With Theo and Saelemaekers the other. Milan arrives injured after the defeat in Serie A, the first, before the Fiorentina (4-3). His game has lost its brilliance. Without Tomori, low key, Pioli always trusts Brahim’s class while handling two doubts: Florenzi or Kalulu, Tonali or Bennacer. Ibra traveled, he is, not in San Siro, and he always threatens even if he leaves the bench, as it seems he will do it to the detriment of Giruoud. Italians need intensity. And a miracle to stay alive. To do football that win, win or win that at the moment it only moves Atleti.